Equal wound complications for staples, suture in obese women

Equal wound complications for staples, suture in obese women

(HealthDay)—The rate of surgical site wound complications is similar for obese women undergoing midline vertical incision with skin closure via staples or subcuticular suture, according to a study published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Lindsay M. Kuroki, M.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues conducted a involving women with a (BMI) of 30 kg/m² or more undergoing surgery by a gynecologic oncologist through midline vertical incision. Participants were randomly allocated to skin closure with staples or subcuticular 4-0 monofilament suture.

A total of 163 women were analyzed between 2013 and 2016, including 84 who received staples and 79 who received suture. The researchers observed no between-group differences in wound complication rates (33 percent for and 32 percent for suture skin closure; relative risk, 1.05; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.68 to 1.04). Compared to women with suture closure, women with staples reported worse median cosmetic scores (four of five versus five of five), darker scar color (49 versus 18 percent), and more skin marks (40 versus 4 percent). Significant correlates of wound complication included BMI, maximum postoperative glucose, and cigarette smoking.

"Closure of midline vertical skin incisions with subcuticular suture does not reduce wound complications compared with staples in obese gynecology patients," the authors write.


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